Japanese Mythology

The Shinto and Folk Gods of Japan...

SARUTAHIKO

Shinto Crossroads God

Also known as Sarutahiko-No-Kami, Sarutahiko-Ohkami, Sarutahiko-Okami

Lord of the Earthly Gods

He is the chief of the Kunitsu-Kami deities who inhabit the Earth, and does a fine job managing the sacred infrastructure.

Back in the mists of time, he found himself stuck on the Celestial Floating Bridge leading from Heaven to Earth with no inclination to move. Other gods were following Ninigi-no-Mikoto down to Earth, but he was very much against the idea. Then along came the lovely — and extremely persuasive — Ame-no-Uzume. Suddenly the idea of living on the Earth seemed rather wonderful, so off he went.

Sarutahiko helped and guided Ninigi-no-Mikoto to Earth and now looks after crossroads, paths, traffic management and matters requiring strength. He is also a huge martial arts fan and is the unofficial deity of Japanese Aikido.

As befits his status, he is a huge figure with a bushy beard and a long pointy nose. He is also armed with a long pointy spear, although that might just be people getting confused by his nose.

A magnificent holy light shines from his eyes, mouth — and posterior. Do not attempt to cross if the lights are against you.

Sarutahiko Facts and Figures

Name: Sarutahiko
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Sarutahiko-No-Kami, Sarutahiko-Ohkami, Sarutahiko-Okami

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Crossroads
Area of expertise: Crossroads

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Article last revised on November 19, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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